Search and Rescue Unit give glimpse into its world

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Border Search and Rescue Unit is to hold its annual fund-raiser on September 20, and the normal format has been spiced up a little bit this year.

Entrants on the sponsored walk and challenge run will, for the first time, get to submerge themselves in the mountain rescue experience, and discover for themselves some of the skills and disciplines used by the team.

The day is the brain-child of recent team-leader Seymour Haugh, who sees it as a valuable way of highlighting the essential work carried out by the team’s 26 volunteer members.

“We’ve decided to try something a bit different this year”, commented Seymour. “I thought it would be great for our supporters to get a bit of hand-on experience of what we do.

“We’ve put together a 10km (6-mile) route in the hills near Yetholm, during the course of which walkers will be guided through nine separate mountain rescue activities by expert mountain rescue personnel.”

Among the aspects covered will be stabilisation of spinal injuries, splinting of broken limbs, stretcher assembly and preparation for helicopter evacuation, identification, prevention and treatment of hypothermia and a ride in one of the team vehicles.

There’s also a 5km (3 miles) route for families with young children and Challenge Run routes (without the mountain rescue activities) of 10km and 20km.

New team leader Stuart Fuller-Shapcott says this year sees the team needing to replace one of its three specialist vehicles, at a likely cost of around £50,000.

“This year, more than ever, we are asking our supporters to come to Yetholm on Sunday, September 20, and help us in our drive to maintain a top-class search and rescue service throughout the Borders,” he said. Details and application and poster on the BSARU website (www.bordersar.ork.uk)